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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jan 27, 2011 12:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: quality content of live releases

I can see where useless might seem a little harsh Cliff,but the only song I found to be performed well at that show was Hurts Me Too,the rest seemed fairly pedestrian.However I would be interested in your take on the show.I'll admit to not being big 71' fan,especially prior to Keith's joining the mix.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 27, 2011 4:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: quality content of live releases

Using your rather limited levels for evaluation, I would have to place the Three From the Vault release between "Good" and "Excellent" and probably much closer to excellent! In spite of the fact that I would have preferred a release of 2/18 or 2/20, "Useless" certainly does not apply to these two discs!

Despite some less than perfect execution, 2/19/71 is a very good performance and Three from the Vault is an exciting release. For starters the sound quality is superb! True, some of the songs are still in their infancy, the renditions abreviated as the arraingements are still getting worked out. However, the show opening Truckin' has a nice mini-jam, Cumberland Blues is a decent enough performance, it's nice to hear a rere electric perfromance of Dark Hollow and of course the 14+ minute performance of Smokestack Lightnin' is excellent! And that's just the first set.

While there are certainly much better performances of The Other One, this one is no slouch, and the 18+ minute Good Lovin' is quite good as well. I would have to give this one somewhere between 95-97 pts. Still suggest you give it another shot!